Physical Therapy Students Gain Hands-on Experience Over the Summer

Georgia Southern University Doctor of Physical Therapy students had an extremely busy, but rewarding, summer experience during their pediatrics semester. In addition to a rigorous summer class schedule, the 3rd-year students were involved in engaging with children, both on-campus and off.

Activities included: hands-on learning about children with chronic diagnoses; providing age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate physical activities to children at Communication Camp; and engaging in a community-based aquatics program for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. The aquatics program experience was made possible by Harper Aquatics, and Communication Camp participation was in conjunction with the speech and language pathology students at the RiteCare Center on the Armstrong Campus.

In addition to this, the Southeast area representatives from NuMotion, a provider of durable medical equipment, and Convaid, a global provider of seating and mobility equipment, joined the students on campus to provide the largest demonstration of pediatric equipment that the Armstrong Campus has been a part of, to date.


NSSLHA Chapter Awarded 2018 Bronze Chapter Honors

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (National NSSLHA) has awarded Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus in Savannah with 2018 Bronze Chapter Honors.

The NSSLHA Chapter at Armstrong Campus helped National NSSLHA increase awareness of communication sciences and disorders among state and federal legislators, contributed a donation of more than $10,000 to the ASHFoundation’s NSSLHA Scholarship, raised more than $15,250 for the 2017-2018 NSSLHA Loves campaign, and supported clients, students and organizations in local communities across the nation.

“I am so proud of our students in NSSLHA,” stated April Garrity, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and faculty advisor to the chapter. “They made a commitment to attain Chapter Honors at the beginning of the academic year, and they did it. This is the first time we have earned Chapter Honors since I began serving as the faculty advisor 10 years ago.”

National NSSLHA Chapter Honors are awarded to affiliated NSSLHA chapters that demonstrate an outstanding effort to support National NSSLHA’s mission to inspire, empower and support students in communication sciences and disorders programs.

About the NSSLHA Chapter at Georgia Southern University

The NSSLHA Chapter on Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus exists to enhance education and pre-professional experiences for students majoring in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). The CSD program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. National accreditation ensures that the program meets specified standards in the areas of administrative structure and governance, faculty and instructional staff, curriculum, students, assessment and program resources. Students graduating from an accredited program will be eligible for state licensure and national certification.

About National NSSLHA

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association is the only national student organization for students who are studying communication sciences and disorders recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Established in 1972, National NSSLHA is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, and supports 13,400+ members and 300+ chapters at colleges and universities nationwide.

Faculty and Students Present Research at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

Seven Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) faculty and 16 students in the Waters College of Health Professions attended and presented their research at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, this past February.

With the guidance of DPT faculty members, Andi Beth Mincer, PT, Ed.D., associate professor;  David Bringman, PT, DPT, assistant professor; Frank Glenn, PT, Ph.D., SCS, ATC, assistant professor; James Karnes, PT, Ph.D., associate professor; George Davies, PT, DPT, M.Ed., SS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PES, FAPTA, professor; Haley Worst, PT, DPT, OCS, assistant professor; and Bryan Riemann, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, students from the DPT program presented the following research:

  • Lauren Herman, Alaina Mann, Katelyn Minick, Ally Wilson: “Effects of Gyroscopic Training on Scapulothoracic Functional Stability and Upper Extremity Power”
  • Nathanial Van Dyke, Julia Ash, Johnny McLean, Donnie Gay: “Comparison of the Reliability of Vertical Ground Reaction Forces during Single-Leg Hop Test for Distance and Alternating Limb Crossover Hop Test for Distance in Normal Subjects”
  • Tyler Broering, Reece Fair, Drew Johnson, Nick Lamb: “Quantifying Ground Reaction Forces for Double and Single Leg Plyometric Exercises in a Horizontal, Gravity Minimized Position”
  • Tyler Adams, Joseph Brown, Gunnar Mendiola, Ryan Sullivan, Cody Williams: “Correlation Between the Spirit Bike Maximal Power Output and Other Lower Extremity Power Output Tests”
  • Amber Buchanan, Niki Cail, Tara Cameron, Brooke Crum: “Efficacy of a Computerized Knee Simulation Model on Developing Manual Therapy Skills in Physical Therapy Students”

In addition to student presentations, DPT faculty members Worst and Nancy Henderson, Ph.D., assistant professor, presented their research title “Development and Reliability Testing of the Dynamic Agility Lateral Performance Test (DALP) for Rehabilitation Progression and Criteria for Return to Sport”. The research was conducted in collaboration with Ryan Decarreau, adjunct faculty in the DPT program and physical therapist for the US Army Special Operations Aviation Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 160th,  and Davies.

Students received funding through he Graduate Student Council and the DPT program to assist with costs related to the conference.

“With over 17,000 attendees, the conference provides exposure for the program and the opportunity for continuing education about current research and best clinical practices,” stated Elizabeth Varner, clinical education assistant in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Dept # 5902
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419